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Subject: Re: [DK] Denmark trip
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 20:59:45 -0500
I've not been in Denmark since 2005, so my info might be a bit outdated. My
last trip there was my third trip in about a five year period. Based on
those long ago experiences, including renting a car and driving, you can
make your four principal places of Bornholm, Maribo, Vejle, and Aarhus in
two weeks easily, having not been only to Vejle.
When I was last in Good Old Denmark, the rental for autos with automatic
transmission was much higher than the rent on a comparable model with "four
(or five) on the floor". The only time I did not use a car ferry (or
existing roadways and their associated bridges) to get from island to island
was a day I spent on Bornholm.
I flew from Copenhagen to Bornholm, where my now deceased wife and I had
made arrangements to be met by a local couple who served as our hosts and
chauffers and spent the day with us gratis giving us a complete tour of the
island. Those arangements had been made through a New York organization
known as Friends Overseas.
Check Friends Overseas out at http://www.friendsoverseas.org/. Its sole
reason for existence is to put Americans visiting Scandinavia (or Australia
and one other English speaking country) in touch with local residents in
those countries who are willing to serve as hosts for mutually agreeable
times and activities with visiting North Americans. I had excellent luck
using Friends Overseas on both Bornholm and on Langeland.
I always flew directly into Copenhagen, departing on all three trips from
Chicago as my "gateway' city. I disagree with one of the respondents to the
list who was not impressed with Copenhagen. I found it enchanting. [Of
course, having the surname Hansen probably helped me out to some degree
I'll leave to others to advise you about lodging.
You might check with a Danish consulate in the US for further tourist
advice. Denmark might still have an official tourist advisory office in New
York for your use for all I know. "Google" for it on the 'net.
Do take out supplemental trip insurance, including both medical and
repatriation expenses in the event an unplanned return home becomes
necessary with special medical accomodations. The latter can get quite
expensive. And remember, the last I knew, that Medicare furnishes no
coverage outside the US (and maybe Mexico and/or Canada).
Do make the trip. I've been to about 40 different foreign countries, and
Denmark is still one of my favorites, maybe being bettered only by Germany
and New Zealand.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tami Williams" <>
Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 12:14 AM
Subject: [DK] Denmark trip
>I am thinking about taking a trip to Denmark with my 82 year old mother who
> spent a great deal of time in her earlier years researching her Danish
> ancestors. I really want to take her before her health will not allow her
> to go. I wondered if anyone could answer a few questions for me.
> I want to go to the following places where my ancestors were from:
> Bornholm, Maribo, Vejle, and Aarhus.
> 1 - any suggestions if that is feasible to go to all those places in a two
> week time period?
> 2- where is the cheapest and best place to fly into, with those places in
> 3- do I rent a car - or is that really expensive and is it feasible?
> 4- what is the best way to figure out lodging for the trip?
> Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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